The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1967

1967 is a famously great year for pop music, but as I’ve said before (and will undoubtedly say dozens more times over the course of this project), even the best years have their low points. Between the crass copyists who were eager to make a quick buck by xeroxing the sounds of the British InvasionContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1967”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1967

Here we are, folks. 1967, arguably the year that defined the entire decade. It’s hard not to view this year as the climax the past seven years were all building to, and the remainder of the decade as a comedown from the dizzying whirlwind that was 1967. This was the year of the The MarchContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1967”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1966

The bad songs of 1966 were, predictably, largely a blend of trend-hopping opportunism and the outdated ‘50s pop that was still gasping its last few breaths of popular relevancy, with that weird sort of half-50s/half-70s gunk I’ve mentioned before filling up the remainder. By now the ‘60s were in full swing, and plenty of songwritersContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1966”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1966

By 1966, the countercultural revolution was already well under way on both sides of the Atlantic, but this year still brought advances in both music and culture at large that would reverberate throughout the rest of the decade and onwards. Walt Disney passed away in December of this year, effectively bringing an end to Disney’sContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1966”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1965

It has to be clarified here that, whenever I say a chart year was “good” or “bad”, I’m always speaking pretty broadly. Every year delivers a wide range of quality: you get some good, some bad, and a whole lot of just-kinda-ehh. That’s just the way it is when you’re looking at stuff marketed toContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1965”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1965

Oh man. Oh man. At long last, we’ve finally gotten to the years where I really have to work to contain my excitement. 1965 is the start of an extended golden age for the Billboard charts- The popular wisdom is that it lasted until around 1970 or so, but I would actually argue that everyContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1965”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1964

Like the year before, many of 1964’s less impressive pop songs found themselves lagging behind the times. Trends that started the decade on top were now yesterday’s news, and as a new crop of young, hungry artists breathed life back into the charts, not everyone in the record industry was so quick on the uptake.Continue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1964”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1964

Alright, now we’re cooking with fire! If 1963 was the pop world finally realizing it needed to kick itself into gear, 1964 finds it at the end of its sport-movie training montage: limbered up, reinvigorated and raring to go. We haven’t quite arrived at the doors of pop’s true golden era, but by the finalContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1964”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1963

1963 may have marked the point where the pop scene began the uphill climb towards its glorious pinnacle in the latter half of the decade (a pinnacle which, in the eyes of many, remains to this day unmatched), but the operative word there is “began”. In 1963, things were finally starting to liven up aContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1963”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1963

1963 was still not a particularly strong year for the hot 100, but after the punishing doldrums of the previous year, I doubt there’s much that wouldn’t have felt like an improvement, and indeed, ‘63 was substantially better than ‘62; if I’m in a generous mood I’ll probably even give it the edge over ‘61.Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1963”